Election candidates asked to pledge support for non-binary rights

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Trans and non-binary groups have come together to ask election candidates to pledge to support non-binary rights.

Following on from the trans manifesto, groups such as UK Trans Info and Beyond the Binary have asked candidates to sign a pledge to support important non-binary issues. Around 1 in 250 people identify as neither men or women, and non-binary issues are often different to transgender issues.

The pledge reads:

“I pledge: to support expanding the definitions in Equality Act 2010 to ensure all non-binary people are protected.

“to support reviewing the Gender Recognition Act, with a view to bringing the UK in line with the statement on Identity Recognition issued by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in January 2015.

“to support the introduction of non gender-specific X passports, and removing the requirement for a doctors letter when changing the gender marker on a passport.

“These changes should be made in full consultation with trans and non-binary people, as well as others who may be impacted by these changes such as intersex people.”

Candidates are asked to confirm their support on twitter or the UK Trans Info website.

Jess Coal of UK Trans Info said in a statement: “There has been a lot of positive discussion recently regarding transgender people, however the rights and specific needs of non-binary people are often overlooked or ignored altogether. It is time for this to stop.”